The Legendary Actor of Batman, Tim Sale, Passed Away at the Age of 66

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Sale is best remembered for his work on Batman: The Long Halloween.

Tim Sale, a legendary comic book artist, died at the age of 66. The artist worked on a variety of characters over the years, but he is likely most known for his work on Batman: The Long Halloween. Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson’s The Batman were both influenced by the comic book.

Fans were informed of the news via Sale’s Twitter account “Tim Sale died away today, and it is with great sadness that I must inform you of his passing. He died away with the love of his life by his side, and he adores all of you.” DC Publisher Jim Lee took to Twitter a few days ago to alert fans of Sale’s hospitalization. “I regret to inform you of the very terrible news that iconic artist Tim Sale has been admitted to the hospital due to serious health difficulties,” he wrote.

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Sale had a long and successful career in the comic book industry, working for companies such as Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Harris Comics, and Oni Press. The artist frequently collaborated with writer Jeph Loeb, with whom he did The Long Halloween multiple times, whether it was the follow-up Dark Victory to the Catwoman: When in Rome, the spinoff that gave Selina Kyle many traits and the origin story that we’ve come to love her for, or the spinoff that gave Selina Kyle many traits and the origin story that we’ve come to love her for. They also collaborated on the spiritual tie-in’ Haunted Knight from The Long Halloween till last year’s Long Halloween Special.

Batman Long Halloween - Soctex
Batman Long Halloween – Soctex

At DC, the two collaborated on comics such as Challengers of the Unknown Must Die! and Superman For All Seasons. In the final seven issues of Grendel before Comico stopped publishing comic books, the comic artist partnered with Matt Wagner and became the regular artist. Sale and Loeb established a ‘color’ series for Marvel that includes titles like Daredevil: Yellow, Captain America: White, Spider-Man: Blue, and Hulk: Gray, as well as Wolverine and Gambit: Victims. Some of these characters’ classic looks were created by Sale. He developed the clairvoyant artwork in the TV series Heroes as the work of the precognitive artist Isaac Mendez, and he also debuted the Superman Confidential series in 2007.

Sale’s work on Superman For All Seasons and Grendel: Black, White, and Red earned him the Eisner Award for Best Penciler/Inker over the years. In Black, White, and Red #1, his short narrative with Wagner earned an Eisner for Best Short Story.


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